Maybe, an Answer


     I had another abdominal ct scan and ultrasound with my latest hospitalization.  It looks like there is something blocking the bile ducts and my liver enzymes were off the charts.  It’s recommended that I have an ERCP which is a scope down the throat and pretty much covers all of the digestive track to the best of my recollection.  The told me I would have to go to Indianapolis to get this test done, but I found a hospital closer to home that is actually in network.  The thinking is that it’s a stone which I don’t understand given that my gallbladder was taken out almost 3 years ago.  It does make sense to me because I’ve been feeling like I’m having a gallbladder attack.  I have to say though it would be a relief to have something that can be fixed as opposed to just “managed.”

     I haven’t really been able to eat since I’ve been home, everything is upsetting my stomach and I’m throwing up a lot, and I just don’t have any reserves, and if I don’t get this test done quickly I’m afraid I’m going to be back in the hospital before too long.  It also makes my diabetes so much harder to manage.  I’ve become a slave to my glucose meter and insulin. 

     I don’t have time to be sick.  Sarah’s graduation is Friday and her party is Sunday.  My niece is coming to stay for a few days in June and I have a family reunion in July, and another niece’s quincerara is in August, oh and we’re expecting a new grandchild in October.  I did get a nice compliment, that I went from ICU to my daughter’s wedding in a matter of hours and if I say so myself, I cleaned up pretty good.

     So, on Friday I see my family doctor, Tues the ortho so I can get back into Physical therapy and Wed.  I see the pain management specialist.  I’m not even sure how I feel about that yet.  Still have to squeeze in an appt with the endocrinologist and hopefully my insurance will approve an insulin pump.  I had to do a spreadsheet to track my meds, and I’m not sure when it happened but I have now become my mother with a suitcase just to haul the damned things around.

     Blogging has definitely helped me process a lot of what’s going on, and I’m hoping to get into a yoga class soon.  I hate being so limited in what I can do, I miss kayaking, and the jet ski, but I did manage to drive myself into town without running into a freshly plowed field this week so that’s a step in the right direction.  The good news is that my left shoulder is improving.  I have better range of motion and less pain even though it’s taken me a year and a half to get there, so I do have hope for the right one.  I know it will take some time but it will resolve without surgery.

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